Local News

  • Planning Commission members recommend against rezoning for storage facility

    A reduction in building height and a softer color scheme for a planned storage facility at South Kipling Parkway and West Coal Mine Avenue did not affect the Jeffco Planning Commission’s unanimous decision to recommend denial of rezoning for the project on March 9.

  • Resignations of three top EDC execs termed a ‘restructuring’

    An executive board member of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp. said last week’s simultaneous resignations of three high-level staffers were part of a restructuring.

    Rob Osborn, a past chair of the EDC’s board of directors, said the departures of president and CEO Kevin McCasky, executive vice president Doug Bene and investor relations manager Lilly Daniels mark the first step in a downsizing of the Golden-based organization.

  • Lot rezoned to accommodate two homes

     Jeffco's county commissioners unanimously agreed to allow a Littleton-area developer to rezone a 15-acre parcel to build two homes on the property.

    The land, near the intersection of South Deer Creek Canyon Road and South Murphy Gulch Road, was previously zoned Agricultural-2, which allowed only one house on every 10 acres. The March 1 vote rezoned the lot to Agricultural-1, which will allow one house for every 5 acres.


    Jeffco, Comcast continue talks

    Jeffco officials and Comcast have not yet agreed on a change in the company’s fee structure for its use of county-managed right-of-way.

    The county commissioners told Comcast on Feb. 2 that unless the company signed a contract by month’s end to change the way it pays to do business in unincorporated Jeffco, the commission would consider revoking its use license.

  • DA seeks grant to boost prosecutions in sex assault cases

    Jeffco’s district attorney and his staff want to focus more resources on prosecuting felony sexual offenders, and have applied for state grant funding to help with that goal.

    Eva Wilson, who serves as DA Pete Weir’s senior chief deputy district attorney, told the county commissioners March 1 that she hopes a grant will help the office double the number of felony sexual assaults that it prosecutes.

  • Emily’s Parade has seen its final run

    Emily’s Parade, the longstanding annual procession honoring the memory of a Bailey student killed in a shooting 10 years ago and other victims of school violence, has run its course, organizers announced last week.

    John-Michael Keyes and Ellen Stoddard-Keyes, parents of Emily Keyes, who was fatally shot in 2006 at age 16 during a hostage situation at Platte Canyon High School, said in a release that they asked the board of the I Love U Guys Foundation to make 2015 the parade’s last year.

  • Boating season opens at Chatfield State Park

    Prompted by warm weather, the north boat ramp at Chatfield State Park opened for boating on Friday. The south boat ramp will open April 1, according to information from Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

    All vessels on trailers must undergo an inspection prior to launching. However, hand-launched, non-motorized boats such as canoes or kayaks are allowed on the water without an inspection.

  • Looking at ways to get kids, families outdoors

    “We’ve got to understand what can motivate people to get outdoors,” said Ben Davis of Onsight Public Affairs at the March 3 meeting of the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee.

    Davis and his Onsight partner Mike Melanson are leading a research project for Great Outdoors Colorado to determine the level of interest that families have in outdoor experiences for their children and to find ways of encouraging them to enjoy nature.

  • McCasky resigns as head of economic development group

     Kevin McCasky has resigned as president and CEO of the Jeffco Economic Development Corp., according to a news release.

    The former county commissioner, who had led the Golden-based economic development organization since 2011, stepped down effective March 2, according to the release. No reason was given for his departure.

  • South Jeffco Democrats throng caucuses

    Vehicles were circling a packed parking lot at Chatfield Senior High School in a futile search for an available space on Super Tuesday caucus night last week. And the high school gym was filled to capacity at the general gathering before precinct caucuses began for Jeffco Democrats.

    “We had an amazing turnout,” said Cheryl Cheney, chairwoman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party. “Our numbers exceeded our previous record in 2008.”